Wednesday, August 7, 2013

MFW ECC and 1st Week 1 Highlights

We are off to a great start this year. I can't believe we have a week behind us already. I was really nervous this year about how we were going to get everything done that we needed to in a day. After a day or two of tweaking our schedule, we seem to be in the groove again. I really like the way My Father's World includes all of the kids. Their approach seems to be a good fit for us.

Well here are our highlights...
Bible: Our verse was John 3:16. The kids made a poster of people all over the world to show that Jesus died for us all.
K was so heartbroken over the "sick babies" that she said she wanted them all over her poster so she could pray for them. 


We learned the difference between a map and and a globe. We drew the continents on an orange, cut off the skin, and tried to lay it flat. This showed that it is really hard to get a true size of our Earth on a flat Map!

We did a map activity around the house. I made each kid their own map. They had to follow their map to find their treasure. This showed them how useful maps are to us. 

Then it was their turn to make a map. We started off with a map to Kroger. Then we added everything we could think off between here and there. This ended up being a fun map to drive our hot wheels on. 

M labeled the continents on a map...

We learned what a niche is. A niche is the role an animal or plant plays in our environment. 

We made an earthworm niche. We waited until it rained and then we found 8 worm friends in our backyard. We layered dirt, sand and oats to make their vacation home (mason jar in my supply closet.) It is really neat to see the tunnels they are making in the dirt. 

1st grade this week we are learning about the job of an earthworm. This tied in really nicely with what we were learning in ECC. We learned that worms are unseen heroes doing jobs that help the soil and plants. God wants us to be an unseen hero. Doing things for others in secret and receiving his blessing in return.

We also marked off one square yard in our backyard to see what we could find. We found a cricket, a spider,a tiny worm and seeds. 

Some backyard fun after all that learning....

Brace yourself Grammy:)

Now this one is going to give me a heart attack:/

M doing Reading with E:)

Great week. I am so thankful for the opportunity to teach my kids at home. Each year it becomes easier and more joyful! What a gift!

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